June 11, 2005

The polo theory of how well exams go

I've always hated exams, mainly because I can never tell how they go. As a young boy as I always used to think they went well, mainly due to the elation of finishing the exam, and then they would go badly…

So I now refrain from saying how they went.

Except the other day I came up with a way of telling:

I take a pack of spearmint polos in with me to all exams. I always have one whilst Im reading the questions. So thats one polo down.

If its a bad exam, I will not be writing much, mainly thinking about what Im supposed to be doing. And at this point I will be stuffing more polos down my throat. For instance, Psychobiology, was a 5–6 polo exam.

All the others have been 1–2, because I have no time to eat them, Im engrossed in what Im writing and thinking about the rest of the essay.

Hopefully today's exam will just be a 1 polo exam, but Im thinking it might be more of a 3 polo.


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  1. Its like going to the cinema. If your bored and in control, you dont eat popcorn. If yoru on the edge of seat and have no clue as to what happens next, yoru stuffing your face. Eating to compensate excess feelings one cannot control. Oh you should od that for you final project.

    11 Jun 2005, 09:22

  2. I did a similar thing at the start of exams. I would always have some sort of exam "gimmick" that distracted everyone's attention beforehand: one year it was one of those folding backpack chairs, another it was a different cake every exam, another it was one of those crappy travel clocks. None of them was of any aid to me in the exam, but it meant people were talking about them instead of the forthcoming exam – which did help.

    11 Jun 2005, 10:08

  3. lol, nice thinking. So even if the exam goes badly you'll have nice breath at the end?

    11 Jun 2005, 11:05


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